was sworn in as a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee on June 5, 2015. Prior to joining the bench he was a partner at Miller & Martin PLLC's Chattanooga office. At Miller & Martin he chaired the firm's Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights and Reorganization Practice Group. While in private practice he represented debtors, creditors, asset purchasers and other stakeholders in connection with chapter 11 bankruptcy cases filed in numerous districts throughout the country. Before becoming a judge, Judge Whittenburg was recognized as a Mid-South Super Lawyer. He also served two terms as a director of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute.
Judge Whittenburg received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1987. He received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law, with Distinctions, in 1990, where he was selected as a member of the Order of the Coif.
Judge Whittenburg and his wife, Saun, live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They have two children, Katlyn and Baxter, and two grandchildren, Madelyn and Penelope.